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Wednesday 15 August 2018

He's dressed Oprah...and now Irish designer Don sets sights on Grainne

HE has dressed American stars Oprah, Nicole Kidman and Taylor Swift - now Irish designer Don O'Neill wants to dress Grainne Seoige.

Don told the Herald that he would love to see the Crimecall presenter wearing one of his creations.

Kerryman Don (45) has received acclaim from fashion quarters for his Theia dress, which was worn by US chatshow queen Oprah Winfrey when she accepted her honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony last month.

It appears that Oprah became enamoured with Don's creation after wearing it for the cover of her bestselling O magazine last September and decided to do what all recession-straitened fashionistas are doing - recycle it.

Don has hinted that his collaboration with Oprah is far from over.

"Oprah and her team are big fans of Theia, the April issue of the magazine just dropped and features our canary yellow diamond cocktail dress in one of their editorial spreads," he revealed.

Thrilled

"Her team are in touch with us all the time and they were all thrilled at how good she looked at the Oscars. Oprah herself told the world she loved the dress and that she was so comfortable in it. I am sure she will be wearing Theia again."

And Oprah was not the only Oscar guest to don his label for the night.

"There were quite a few other ladies on the night wearing Theia, Brad Pitt's mom [Jane] wanted something elegant and sophisticated to wear as she was accompanying Brad and Angelina, she looked stunning in midnight blue Theia," he said.

The Kerryman also dressed expectant mum Eimear O'Kane, who is the producer of Oscar-nominated short film Pentecost.

Speaking to the Herald, Don said the one Irish celebrity he would love to dress is mum-of-one Grainne (38).

"She is beautiful, has a real woman's body and just seems like someone I could be friends with," he explained.

Popularity

Don's popularity has often been attributed to his capacity to create dresses that suit all shapes and sizes.

"Women come in all shapes and sizes and I try to dress and please as many I can," said Don, who had his debut runway show at New York fashion last month.

"I imagine many different body types and shapes when designing which has tremendously helped the success of Theia. I hide tummies, add stretch panels, stretch corsets, make boleros, offer stoles to cover arms. Full skirts to hide hips. There are a lot of tricks so that everyone can find a dress in which to shine."

Gowns designed by the Ballyheigue native will be available to Dublin fans shortly in the basement of the Pamela Scott store on Grafton Street.

His gold Oprah gown will go on sale for €750 this week.

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